I am still in the early stages of developing the poverty-humanities component I wish to add to my Sociology 100 course for Spring 2022.
At this point I’m thinking that I would like to design it as a pairing of sociology and literature texts that inform each other and encourage the students to think in a more expansive way about the many dimensions of poverty, including how it may impact their own lives or the lives of those around them.
I am thinking of having a writing assignment for the course where students are required to write a short essay reflecting on the two sets of texts in connection with each other.
I have some ideas about which sociology texts to include, such as a short piece from Erik Olin Wright or an excerpt from one of the following texts: Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, Ira Katznelson’s When Affirmative Action Was White, or Frances Fox Piven’s and Richard Cloward’s Poor People’s Movements.
I am eager for suggestions on sociology texts to include and especially eager for suggestions on literature texts to include (these can be essays, short stories, an excerpt of a play, etc.).